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Maude Charron wins weightlifting gold for Canada at Tokyo Olympics

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Maude Charron has taken home the gold medal in the women’s 64kg weightlifting competition at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 28-year-old from Rimouski, Que., won gold after lifting 105 kg in the snatch and 131 kg in the clean and jerk for a total lift of 236 kg.

Charron lifted her hands in triumph as she climbed the podium and appeared to wipe away tears as the Canadian anthem played.

“Actually I don’t remember,” Charron said with a laugh when asked about the anthem. “I was just crying, and I didn’t realize what happened.

“I thought about my grandmother because once she told me she’d like me to sing the Canadian anthem, so I sang it – but on the podium at the Olympics.”

Italy’s Giorgia Bordignon took the silver medal and Taiwan’s Wen-Huei Chen the bronze.

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Charron is the second Canadian woman to win an Olympic weightlifting medal. It’s also Canada’s second gold medal this Olympics.

Charron has also competed in CrossFit and according to a biography on the CrossFit website, formerly attended circus school at the École de Cirque de Québec.

–with files from the Canadian Press

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